Posts Tagged ‘ocean pollution’

Bringing a Kelp Forest Back to Life!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Imagine a barren underwater “desert” turned back into a lush, healthy habitat in mere months! We talk to David Witting, with NOAA’s Office of Habitat Restoration, about a project to restore kelp off the coast of Southern California by a diverse group of coastal users, including fishermen and NGOs. After pollution and ravaging sea urchins destroyed the kelp forest, this project is bringing kelp forests back to life, benefiting all species within the ecosystem.

Everyday Action: Stop pollution at the source. Keep trash and chemicals out of storm drains. This includes pet waste. Visit Thank You Ocean’s web page on water pollution to find out more.

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Ready, Set, CLEANUP!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

YOU can personally thank the ocean on September 21! Join California’s largest volunteer event with thousands of ocean lovers at the California Coastal Cleanup. Can one day make a difference for a clean ocean and coast? Find out as Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager with the California Coastal Commission, tells us about Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s one of the easiest and most rewarding volunteer efforts you can join.

Everyday Action: Clean up your act! Thank the ocean and join the cleanup team September 21. Go to You’ll have fun and make a difference!

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Crazy Days of Summer Ocean Fun!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Summer and ocean fun go together. Whether it’s in the ocean, at an aquarium, or at home reading a book, the ocean and its critters provide entertainment, fascination, and just plain fun! We talk with Claire Fackler, National Education Liaison for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. She shares fun ocean activity ideas, from building sand castles, swimming, fishing, whale watching and tidepooling to reading books and listening to music.

Everyday Action: Feel like a kid again! Splash in the waves, build a sandcastle, explore a tidepool–with or without accompanying child!

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Rain Garden: Slowing Pollution at Its Source

Monday, November 26th, 2012

In spring 2012, the City of Elk Grove, a community just south of Sacramento, California, opened a rain garden that is a magnet for wildlife, prevents pollution from running off into local streams, and an important tool to teach others about how use similar earth-friendly techniques in their own yard. Paul Mewton, Chief of Planning, Cosumnes Community Services District, and Greg Gearheart, State Water Resources Control Board, discuss this innovative park and how land use in the Central Valley still impacts our coast and ocean.

California Coastal Cleanup

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Saturday, September 15 is the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2011, nearly 72,000 volunteers removed more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from California beaches, lakes and waterways. For this year, debris from the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami is bringing more attention to the important issue of marine debris. Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission, talks about the 28th annual cleanup and how you can participate. (Photo credit: California Coastal Commission)

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Ocean Acidification

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

What is this threat and how can it affect our ocean world? What does it mean for organisms such as sea urchins? Dr. Gretchen Hofmann, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, discusses her work with Ocean Acidification and why we should pay attention. (Photos courtesy of NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory)

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Pacific Gyre

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Pacific Gyre is a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of ocean currents. We talked with Marcus Eriksen, the executive director of the 5 Gyres Institute, about ocean gyres and the Pacific Garbage Patch, said to be twice the size of Texas, floating between Hawaii and California. (Photo courtesy of NOAA Marine Debris Program)

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Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

Monday, February 6th, 2012

On March 11, 2011, a powerful tsunami hit Japan, destroying cities and villages, and carrying tons of debris out to sea. Ocean currents are projected to carry some of that debris to U.S. shores, including the West Coast. It’s uncertain what is still floating, where it’s located, where it will go, and when it will arrive. Nir Barnea, West Coast Regional Director, NOAA Marine Debris Program, has the latest information.

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California Coastal Cleanup Day

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

California Coastal Cleanup Day (Photo courtesy of John Eagle)California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup held on the third Saturday of September, is the state’s largest volunteer event. Shannon Waters, California Coastal Commission Public Education Program Assistant, lets you know how you and your group can be part of the solution to marine pollution by getting involved in Coastal Cleanup Day! (Photo courtesy of John Eagle)

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Thanks for the Beautiful Beaches!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

With Memorial Day Weekend, the “unofficial” start of summer, we highlight ways to thank the ocean for our beautiful beaches. Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, discusses everyday actions we can take to help clean up our coasts and ocean. Actor and activist Edward James Olmos adds his powerful Thank You Ocean message, “Don’t Trash the Beach.”

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